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About Maggie Volpo

Maggie Volpo is a writer and activist living outside of a very conservative urban area. She has worked in traditional publishing, journalism, as a blogger, and in the medical field as a translator. When she isn't fighting the tyranny of cannabis prohibition or working on the Stinky Steve books about cannabis she can often be found searching for mushrooms or tending to her mixed flock of birds. She also loves to cook, bake, garden, knit, sew and climb trees, the last of which is a joy shared by her beautiful autistic son.

Posts by Maggie Volpo:

‘Beauty in the Broken’ Shows the Beauty and Bravery of Assault Survivors

‘Beauty in the Broken’ Shows the Beauty and Bravery of Assault Survivors

All too often, the only depictions we see in the media of rape and sexual assault victim are images of devastation, fear, and pain. While it is important to provide realistic depictions of the damage that sexual violence can cause, it can leave people with the idea that once you become a victim of sexual […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: E-Clipse Dry Herbal Vaporizer

PRODUCT REVIEW: E-Clipse Dry Herbal Vaporizer

I have never had good luck with vaporizing flower. Over the course of my adult life as a cannabis consumer, I have tried three different vaporizing systems, none of which I will name here. I will say, however, that all three of them left me very disappointed. After the third one, I basically decided that […]

Psychedelics and Other Banned Drugs Offer Hope for Those With Mental Health Issues

Psychedelics and Other Banned Drugs Offer Hope for Those With Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are often unaddressed in modern society. Many people view issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation as signs that someone simply isn’t trying hard enough. There is a lot of social stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues. That stigma can put people off from trying therapeutic options or counseling. […]

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

For as long as alcohol has been a part of human culture, it has had a worrisome impact on relationships and human health. Before the rise of potable water and municipal filtration systems, drinking alcohol was a daily activity for many humans (although they did drink water, too). At this point in history, we arguably […]

There Is No Expiration Date on Grief: Hold Space for Those Who Mourn

There Is No Expiration Date on Grief: Hold Space for Those Who Mourn

Our society is obsessed with quick fixes and instant gratification. People expect medical treatments to have an instant effect on their symptoms. Shoppers are used to being able to click a button and have something delivered in only a few days right to their home. When parts of our lives don’t fit in with our […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Saber Wax Vape Pen

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Saber Wax Vape Pen

I recently had the incredible experience of traveling to a state with cannabis legalization for a business trip. That meant that I was not responsible for my son, and that I got to take advantage of the ready availability of cannabis in retail dispensaries.   That trip just happened to overlap with an offer from […]

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Content Note: This article discusses suicide and suicidal ideation.   Suicide rates are climbing to a point where officials have begun talking about this as a public health issue, not a mental health issue. In 2016, the most recent year with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 45,000 suicides. That’s […]

UK Seizes Cannabis Oil Intended for 12-year-old Epileptic Boy

UK Seizes Cannabis Oil Intended for 12-year-old Epileptic Boy

UPDATE: As of June 16th, 2018, Billy Caldwell has resumed using cannabis medicine. After his admission to the hospital and requests from doctors calling his situation a “medical emergency,” the Home Office delivered the cannabis oil to the facility treating him. Currently, it must be administered by the hospital, and his permit for use will […]

Washington Mushroom Hunter Faces Five Years in Prison for Psilocybin

Washington Mushroom Hunter Faces Five Years in Prison for Psilocybin

Many people enjoy immersing themselves in nature while hunting for wild-growing mushrooms. There are also many people who enjoy the psychoactive and therapeutic properties of the psilocybin mushroom. A 63-year-old man named Paul Lee Corbett happens to exist at the intersection of those passions. In fact, he has spent many years of his life thus […]

Good Guys with a Badge: LEAP Applauds Brave Speakers Pushing for Reform

Good Guys with a Badge: LEAP Applauds Brave Speakers Pushing for Reform

At Ladybud, we’ve always been big fans of the mission of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). This organization provides a valuable platform for the dedicated people who have spent their professional lives protecting and serving their communities. In January of 2017, LEAP changed their name from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to the Law Enforcement Action […]